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'''Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce''' (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914) was an American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer. Bierce's book ''The Devil's Dictionary'' was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration."[http://www.leatherboundtreasure.com/american_literature.html Franklin Library 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature 1976 – 1984]", Leather Bound Treasure. His story ''An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge'' has been described as "one of the most famous and frequently anthologized stories in American literature";"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Ambrose Bierce." ''Short Story Criticism'', v. 72, Joseph Palmisano, ed. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2004, p. 2. and his book ''Tales of Soldiers and Civilians'' (also published as ''In the Midst of Life'') was named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most influential American books printed before 1900.Adams, Frederick...
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